Court issues fresh warrant on Oluwo’s arrest for contempt 

An Osogbo Magistrate Court presided over by Magistrate Olusola Aluko has again issued a fresh bench warrant for the arrest of Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba AbdulRasheed Akanbi.

Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba AbdulRasheed Akanbi.

Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba AbdulRasheed Akanbi.

The royal father has consistently absent himself from court in a case instituted by the Oluwo of Iwo Oke, Oba Kadiri Adeoye.

Magistrate Aluko gave the fresh order on Thursday at the resumption of hearing in the crimnal case against the Oluwo.

The court had during sitting  on Dec. 20,  issued bench warrant against the monarch for his refusal to adhere to court order.

Magistrate Aluko had adjourn the case till Dec. 27 for mention but the date was declared public holiday by the Federal Government.

Counsel to the applicant, Soji Oyetayo, was present in court for the Magistrate to fix an enrollment date for the case.

Responding to the request of plaintiff, the Magistrate said “I want to clear the mind of the public about the case before me and I want to say that the application before me is a criminal case and not a civil matter at all.

“The Commissioner of Police should know and perform his legitimate duty under the law.

“He should find out weather or not three lorries of policemen were sent to court to rescue the Magistrate that was initially trying the case in Iwo before the case was transfer to Osogbo.

“When the first defendant failed to appear in this court; the court  in exercising its power, as provide by law, issued a bench warrant to compel the first respondent, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, to appear before this court.

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“By implication he should be arrested and kept in prison till next adjournment date for his failure to appear as order by the court.

“The bench warrant was issued in the presence of the mornach’s lawyer, Mr Olaide Yekin, and counsel to the Commissioner of Police, Abass Harunan, the officer in charge of Legal matters at State CID Osun Command.

“After the event of last adjourned date. online media was awashed with treat allegedly issue by the first respondent, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale, to arrest me traditionally.

“I personally read and watched on a television channel on Friday Dec. 23; then on Monday Dec. 26, a mainstream newspaper published a story on page 12, with the caption: ‘I’ll not appear before Osun Magistrate’.

“It is no doubt that the statement are contemptious in nature and it is meant to embrace and humiliate this court,” the Magistrate said.

He said that it was on this basis that another bench warrant was issued on the first respondent, Oba Rasheed Adewale, to appear before this court  again personally on Dec. 30.

He said the monarch should come and confirm if indeed he made those statement and to explain what he meant by allegation of bias and statement as published in a national newspaper.

“The enrollment shall be serve to his counsel team  lead by Olaide Yekin and that is mine position in the matter,” Magistrate Aluko added.

From Saheed Adeyemi, Osogbo

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